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8:05 AM ET, May 12, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Launches Showcase For User Search Experience  —  Today marks another milestone for San Francisco based contextual search engine Powerset.  They've launched a showcase for their user search experience - effectively the search engine minus the web crawl.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Powerset Launches “Understanding Engine” For Wikipedia Content  —  After nearly two years in the making — and plenty of hype — Powerset has finally rolled out a “natural language” search engine.  It's not a Google killer.  It's barely a business model right now.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Powerset brings the Semantic Web to Wikipedia
Discussion: VentureBeat
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Powerset Launches into the Search Space!
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Twitter and the China earthquake  —  I was beginning to think Twitter - the micro-blogging service that's all the rage amongst the technorati - was just another fad for people who want to share too much of their rather dull lives.  Until this morning.  —  When I logged on to my desktop …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twittering the earthquake in China
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange (and even a little Twitter) arose this afternoon about one of my earlier posts and the way I gave attribution.  I wont name the post, or name names (or print the correspondence), but I thought I'd take the opportunity to share how I give attribution.
Discussion: Normalkid
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Another Classic Rip-Off Job By Ars Technica  —  Ars Technica is really good at stealing other's ideas.  Plain and simple.  —  Anyone else, and I may have given them a pass that they came up with what seems to be the exact same approach to a story that I took last week.  Not Ars Technica.
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:   iPhone uber alles
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
The BlackBerry Bold (ex-9000) Finally Arrives  —  More than one pundit has already called the BlackBerry Bold (known during development as the BlackBerry 9000) an “iPhone killer.”  But that's not the mission of the new super-BlackBerry announced today by Research In Motion.
Discussion: Mark Evans, eWeek, Techland and Electronista
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold officially announced!  —  Story developing...  That didn't take too long, did it?  We finally have it people — it's alive and confirmed.  The BlackBerry Bold is indeed the official name for the BlackBerry 9000 device and it should be available starting “this summer.”
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook's CTO D'Angelo to Leave  —  Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo will leave the company.  —  BoomTown called Facebook PR last week about the rumor of D'Angelo's departure, but did not get a response.  The company confirmed the departure by D'Angelo (pictured here) tonight.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo to leave the company
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rising Cost of Facebook Infrastructure; CTO Resigns
Discussion: edu.blogs.com and 901am
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
SingTel Announces iPhone in Singapore, India, the Philippines and Australia  —  In a very brief press release SingTel announced that their companies would be providing the iPhone to multiple countries: … The countries include Singapore and the Philippines which have not had any iPhone coverage to date.
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Thoughts on DataPortability  —  Introduction  —  Over the last several days I've started and abandoned four drafts of this post.  Usually it doesn't take me this long to write out my thoughts, or to go through so many different approaches, but I wanted to express myself as clearly …
Discussion: Paying Attention
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Challenge Of Non-Local Newspaper Advertising  —  Newspaper brands like the NEW YORK Times, WASHINGTON Post, BOSTON Globe, etc. face a unique challenge in the online media age — how to value non-local readers.  —  I received this offer in the snail mail this week from the New York Times:
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Bebo set to end KateModern online drama next month  —  KateModern, the flagship online drama broadcast by social networking site Bebo, will wrap up for the last time at the end of June, it was announced today.  —  The last part of series two will air on June 28, with Bebo promising a “high octane” ending with multiple episodes.
Research in Motion:
RIM, RBC and Thomson Reuters to Anchor a $150 Million BlackBerry Partners Fund Focused on Investing in Mobile Applications and Services  —  New fund to mark “mobile” as the new frontier  —  Toronto, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (TSX: RIM; NASDAQ: RIMM), RBC (RY: TSX; RY: NYSE) and Thomson Reuters …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Reports of the 3G iPhone's imminent release may be slightly exaggerated  —  The hype and speculation around the 3G iPhone are mounting quickly.  Yesterday, it was uncovered that an “Enable 3G” button was part of the latest beta firmware update for the device.
Discussion: MacRumors, I4U News and Mashable!
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